The one applicant

Here's my college admissions version of this blog entry I read about competition.  Imagine you're a college admissions officer reading stacks of files every day.  Lots of applicants look the same.  But every now and then, one of them stands out.  Here are some examples. Lots of the applicants volunteer at hospitals.  One of them […]

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The problem with pleasing everyone

I’ve met countless high school kids with impressive resumes who couldn’t answer a simple question about which activity meant the most to them. Those kids haven’t spent any time considering what would make them happy.  They just spread themselves through a variety of activities and achievements based on what they thought would please other people (and colleges).  I think those […]

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A good source for SAT Subject Test requirements

So if you need information about SAT Subject Test requirements, here is the best place I've found to start.  The folks over at Compass Education Group have researched which schools require the SAT Subject Tests (formerly called the SAT-IIs) and shared everything they've found here.  Of course, you should always check with the individual colleges […]

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College admissions simplified

My friend Paul Kanarek at The Princeton Review speaks weekly at local high schools on the college admissions and testing process.  Lately, he's been pointing out that admissions officers really just want to know three things about applicants.  1. Are you smart enough to succeed here? 2. Do we like you? 3. Do other people […]

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Are you indispensable?

I just finished reading an interesting book called "Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?"  It wasn't written for high school students trying to get into college; but if you took its lessons and applied them to your high school life, I think you'd find yourself happier, more fulfilled, and more appealing to colleges.  Here's the gist of […]

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No fear of failure

I write and talk a lot about the importance of celebrating your strengths as opposed to spending all your time trying to fix your weaknesses.  But here's a secret about smart, confident, successful people–they actually fail a lot.   Those people don't like to fail, but they understand that the more often you challenge yourself, the […]

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